Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This one volume summary of the vast global struggle that was WWII requires some familiarity with the great conflict. Roberts does has a few fresh things to say but in order to get to them he must rush past other elements of the war. This is unavoidable, I suppose with this subject. He is at his best when analyzing the causes for some of the key events. I especially appreciated his conclusion of the causes for Allied victory and Axis defeat.
Christian Rodska reads this expertly. He even throws in a few impressions of major characters. His depiction of Churchill is spot on.
If you want a complete history of WW ll this is it. I liked it and enjoyed the book very much. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Maybe. There are better reviews of the subject.
Rodska's voices are interesting
I don't see that happening
It was good, but there are better books on the subject.
I have never read the print version but this book was full of facts, I think that books such as this are important for the younger generations to learn about how we all must cherished what others have earned for us.
This book is comparable to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, they are similar in style and tone, but this one lacks the closeness from the other two. Those of course are stories about bonds of brotherhood, where this book takes on a vast topic.
I think the audio narration makes the facts, stories, locations, and other facts easier to remember and understand. The narration keeps the book from becoming a textbook.
WWII War in Europe
This book is amazing. It has details that need to be known about what our elders have done for us and what they fought for. The sections on the concentration camps had some information that I have never heard before, and cast a whole new light on a part of history I thought I knew.
The history was organized in an interesting way and the detail was rich.
It would be difficult to imagine there could be a book that better described the amazing and horrific event known as WW II
My eyesight is not good enough to read long books, but I did check out this title and it's good in the print version also. It has at least 10 pages of black and white photographs, the type is a decent size, and it's altogether a nice book. The audio version adds the "actiing"--the reader gives us Churchill's accent, Stalin's accent, Hitler's accent, Patton's accent--he is very good at differentiating between British English and American English when anyone's words are quoted. There are many direct quotes taken from diaries, published memoirs, interviews, and these add excitement and realism to the plot line.
I haven't finished listening to it yet, but the most memorable part so far seems to be the author's thesis that Hitler's war was the first ever fought for ideological reasons over everything else, including economic reasons. Although Hitler wanted "Lebensraum" (living space) for an expanded Germany, he also made military decision that were militarily stupid because of his racial ideologies. For example, when he invaded Poland, he had to stop to kill as many Jews as possible by putting them in ghettos as well as mass executions, and he even arrested the farmers even though he needed food for his army. When he invaded Russia, he first took over the Baltics, Ukraine, and other parts of western Russia where separate nationalities had retained their culture, which hated Soviet Russia because of forced collectivization, mass murder, forced starvation, and many other atrocities committed by the Russians, and would have gladly collaborated with Hitler's armies to help him defeat Soviet Russia. But instead of pretending to be friendly with these newly invaded nationalities, he insisted that his troops remember their primary objective of mass extermination of the Western Russians to provide lebensraum. They were to kill as many people as possible, especially the Jews and Slavs, and to not form any army divisions out of foreigners who would have gladly fought with him if his forces had treated his newly occupied peoples as liberators instead of conquerors.
I don't think so. This one is very good.
No. It is four parts long, and since I'm always doing something else (gardening, exercising) while listening, I decided to listen to Part II again before proceeding to Part III, in case I missed anything.
Great book and a great performance. The dialogue and details make even the parts of the war I don't much care about, like Rommel's desert campaign, very interesting.
A full, compelling treatment of the entire war. A very well-told story that hung together, even over the 32 hours of reading.
I understand so much more about WWII now and appreciate the horrors of war and the courage of so many, from leaders to privates. The criticality of intelligence, the blindness of racial superiority, the pure hell of war.
The narrator was awesome as well and added much to the story.
When I read history I'd like some insight. This felt mostly like an endless litany of dates, names, battles and facts.
If you are looking for a book that will describe all of the details of World War II then this is probably perfect for you.
The narrator had an odd tone to his voice and was pretty flat. Though he may not have had much of a choice given the nature of the material.
I almost didn't buy this book. I have read dozens of WWII histories and this seemed like it would be just another. I was wrong. Insightful analysis and an intelligent explanation of the 1939-1947 time period made me a believer. I say 1947 because it is clear from this story that WWII could easily have spanned that time period, and beyond. It is fair to say that this book turned around my entire thinking about what WWII meant to the world at the time and the world we live in today. On the surface, much of this books dwells on parts of WWII few others have discussed (e.g. Burma, Italy, etc.). But on a deeper level, it is a 21st century retrospective on what it all meant to us, the living today.Rodska's delivery is riveting. Robert's analsysis is dead on, tack sharp, and downright scary.
Absolutely I did recommend it to my brother and my friends who are interested in this type of literature
I read the rise and fall of the Third Reich before I listen to this book and I figured it could not light a match to it but I was pleasantly surprised it was right up there but really what took it over the top was the narrator he was on the money with this Churchill impression .
His impressions and I felt like 10 people were reading this book to me if not 15
Yes there was a moment when the German people were getting burnt up by the bombs when their cities were being destroyed and they were feeling the hell that they were bringing down on the world for the past five years it was a beautiful thing to see them get a taste of their own medicine
Thank God books are still written like this to still remind us of the sacrifice of the brave men and women who stood up to the Nazi aggression so we are reminded in our small lives compared to their lives back in those days when they knew what heart ache was in pain and sufferings. And then a book like this is well-written to keep people interested in a story that has 1 million stories in it. I recommend this book to all let us never forget these people in the past who live these times so we may live our lives today with iPods and audible books I